Change Accelerator

The Change Accelerator is a three-month programme bringing together experienced business leaders from across the built environment to lead transformational change in their businesses.
Change Accelerator 2019


August 2, 2018


Education & Leadership



Get involved: Applications for the 2019 Change Accelerator programme are now open! Please download, complete and return an application form, accompanied by a current CV, to

The Change Accelerator is a three-month programme, starting in March 2019, bringing together experienced business leaders from across the built environment to lead transformational change in their businesses, and ultimately to work together to facilitate a systemic shift in the sustainability of the built environment.

The three month experience is built around a rigorous leadership curriculum where participants will redefine their leadership purpose, understand how to influence systems and hone their storytelling techniques to maximise influence and deliver transformational change in their businesses. Participants will have the opportunity to apply a new framework to existing challenges, leverage new insights and develop a strategy to positively disrupt barriers to change and help them achieve a breakthrough.

Running from March to June in 2019, the Change Accelerator is for business leaders working in the built environment with real influence over business strategy, and with a remit for change. Individuals looking to apply should have significant professional experience.

This diverse programme would be highly relevant to the following roles: Head/Director of Marketing, Innovation, Strategy, Finance, Sustainability, HR, Communications, Procurement, Corporate Affairs, Operations.

As with our other executive programmes, we expect applications to be highly competitive, and we will be accepting a maximum of two applicants from each organisation.

“The UKGBC Change Accelerator programme was a fantastic opportunity for me to enhance my skills and understanding of what it means to lead in a sustainable construction business. It inspired me to think bigger, gave me confidence in my abilities and helped me focus on what I believe is important as we all work together to change construction for the better.”

Gareth Parkes, Sir Robert McAlpine

“The Change Accelerator is a great opportunity to re-invigorate your core purpose by reflecting with and learning from like-minded individuals.”

Julia Barrett, Willmott Dixon

“The Change Accelerator is a superb personal development programme that has not only helped me engage with sustainability in the built environment more, but has also really helped me develop as leader and person in general – now more capable in accelerating change in an area that will effect every human being. Amazing, and deliverd by a very passionate team from UKGBC and Switch On.”

Steve Lunn, Heathrow

The programme consists of the following face to face workshops:

  1. Purpose(evening + 1 day)
    20-21 March 2019, 15:00 Mon – 17:00 Tue (including overnight accommodation)
  2. Systems(1 day)
    1 May 2019, 09:00 – 17:00
  3. Storytelling(1 day)
    5 June 2019, 09:00 – 17:00

Between the sessions, participants will be given tasks to complete. This guided learning is estimated as 3 days total.

For more information on the benefits for the participant and the organisation, and an overview of the programme agenda, download the prospectus here.

Download the application form here.

If you have any further questions, please contact Zachary Rootes.


  • £3999+ VAT for members
  • £5499+ VAT for non-members

The Change Accelerator programme has been developed in collaboration with our delivery partner Switch On. Switch On is leadership consultancy – born from a disruptive innovation agency – dedicated to equipping leaders with everything they need to find and seize opportunities for continuous business breakthroughs that create value and drive impact within the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous, Networked and Stressed (VUCANS) world.


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